Published: Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Five years of orthopaedic research at the Golden Jubilee



The NHS National Waiting Times Centre is marking five years since the launch of the Orthopaedic Department Research Unit at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, with a programme to showcase its main results and outcomes.


The meeting takes place today (Friday 3 June) at the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre – the NHS and public sector's conference and training venue adjoined to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.


The hospital has fast become a centre of excellence in orthopaedic surgery with a team acknowledged for its innovative research.


The Golden Jubilee carried out just under 40% of all joint replacements in the West of Scotland in 2010/11– 15% of the national total. The team pioneered the use of Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS), a state-of-the-art technique allowing surgeons to accurately position implants to within a millimetre.


Fred Picard, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Golden Jubilee and conference organiser, said: "Navigated surgery lets a surgeon do exactly what they want to do; it's much more precise and means patients have a smaller chance of complications arising from surgery."


Patients at the Golden Jubilee also benefit from its Enhanced Recovery Programme, Clinical Attitudes Leading to Early Discharge – dubbed the CALEDonian™ technique. Developed by the Orthopaedic team, the technique maintains high levels of patient care while reducing time spent in hospital, without altering post-operative complications, readmissions, or shifting the care into the primary sector.


Nick Scott, Consultant Anaesthetist, said: "The CALEDonian technique has allowed us to offer patients the shortest length of stay in Scotland – less than four days post surgery. It reduced the need for post operative urinary catheterisation from 35% to 7%, and less than 1% of our patients now need a blood transfusion."


The purpose of the research unit has been to constantly improve patient care, outcomes and satisfaction, and its work has included new wound management and pre-assessment techniques.


Mike Higgins, Associate Medical Director for the hospital's Surgical Specialties Division, added: "Patient focused care is at the centre of the unit's work. We're always looking to improve and the research is all about finding ways of achieving better results for patients and raising patient satisfaction."



Date of release: Friday 3 June

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